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Plywood or hardboard panel

Overlapping sheets of paper taped to panel

4-ft. mark on straightedge

3-ft. mark on horizontal reference line

Plywood or hardboard panel

Overlapping sheets of paper taped to panel

4-ft. mark on straightedge

3-ft. mark on horizontal reference line

1. Draw horizontal reference line parallel to bottom edge of panel.

2. Lay out the vertical reference line. Begin by measuring and marking 3 ft. on horizontal line, then hold straightedge at starting point, as shown. Adjust straightedge until distance between 4-ft. mark on straightedge and 3-ft. mark on horizontal line measures 5 ft. Then draw line along edge of straightedge; it will be perfectly perpendicular to horizontal reference line.

Creating a full-scale rendering

To create a full-scale rendering of your toolbox, you will need the following materials and tools: a flat, smooth, and square panel to hold the drawing C'/i-in. hardwood plywood or hardboard works well); a roll of butcher paper or a roll of vellum drafting paper (you may have to tape several pieces together to get the width you need); a 2-ft. square; a ruled straightedge that is as long as the longest dimension of the project; and pencils (and an eraser).

Tape a sheet of paper to the plywood panel, building up the width or length if necessary with a second sheet. Remember to allow sufficient paper to draw a side and top view in addition to the face view. If you are designing a standing chest, locate the paper even with the lower edge of the panel so you can vise this edge as the base line for the drawing. That will allow you to set the drawing at floor level so you can stand back and get a good idea of the overall size and proportions of your chest when set in normal working position.

Begin the full-scale rendering by establishing reference lines, as shown in the drawing above. Draw the base line—a horizontal reference line close to the bottom of the paper and parallel to the

Vertical reference line

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